ol·​i·​garch | \ ˈä-lə-ˌgärk How to pronounce oligarch (audio) , ˈō- How to pronounce oligarch (audio) \

Definition of oligarch

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

Examples of oligarch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To his critics, the arrangement has made Kirill far more than another apparatchik, oligarch or enabler of Mr. Putin, but an essential part of the nationalist ideology at the heart of the Kremlin’s expansionist designs. New York Times, 21 May 2022 Russians, of course, have been a fixture of the Riviera since imperial days, but have flooded back in the past two decades as the oligarch era unspooled. Mark Ellwood, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2022 The findings come as the U.S. cracks down on Russian oligarch wealth following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 18 May 2022 Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine has again been scaled back amid courageous Ukrainian resistance and international support in the form of weapons, financial aid and sanctions against Russia, Mr. Putin and his oligarch mafia. Garry Kasparov, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Also gone are Biden requests to help Russian scientists emigrate to the U.S., and to let the Justice Department transfer money to Ukraine that the U.S. has acquired by seizing Russian oligarch’s assets. Alan Fram, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 A few weeks after the war first broke out, Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal calling for greater Western support for Ukraine. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 12 May 2022 The Tate Modern in London severed ties with Vekselberg and another oligarch, Petr Aven, who until recently headed Alfa-Bank in Russia and is sanctioned by the European Union. Majlie De Puy Kamp And Isabelle Chapman, CNN, 11 May 2022 Turkey and Russia have deep economic ties that go beyond the oligarch connection. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of oligarch

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oligarch

Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch

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24 May 2022

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“Oligarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarch. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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